Hurricane Lane, Serial Murders and Kauai Real Estate

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist RB-14203

Hurricane Lane Prepping KauaiWith lots of warning and time to prepare for the threating Hurricane Lane to the Hawaiian Islands, I prepared for upcoming storm. Not by filling my gas tank or buying cases of water but by walking to the library to stock up on reading supplies. The last major Hurricane to hit Kauai in 1992 left me with no electricity at my home for 45 days. I wanted to be prepared for boredom. So I checked out 4 books and put a couple of the 5 gallon water bottles from the water office cooler in my car and heading home on Thursday afternoon.

 

Although the electricity wasn’t wavering, and as my husband was cutting pieces of plywood, I started my reading sojourn with My Life Among the Serial Killers by Helen Morrison, MD. It’s a captivating albeit somewhat gruesome read. The doctor spends her professional life searching for the answer to what makes a serial killer tick in hopes to understand, profile and possibly prevent more of this activity.

 

In reading this book I was expecting to be fascinated, which I was, but I wasn’t expecting to encompass real estate references.

 

The first one was in regards to convicted rapist/murderer Bobby Joe Long. According to Dr. Morrison: "Longs methodology in these attacks often centered around the pretense of responding to an advertisement in the local newspaper, sometimes for the sale of bedroom furniture, sometimes for the sale of a house.” 

 

One of the other profiled rapist/killers was the good-looking Michael Lee Lockhart who told unsuspecting teens that he was a real estate agent in Florida developments. According to Lockhart “It gave me an excuse to go up to the house in the first place.”

 

I think the real estate content in this book is a warning in it’s self. I don’t have to spell it out. But I do always vocalize to owners and tenants in homes that are for sale to never let anyone in unless there is an appointment. I will always tell you if there is an appointment and the name of the Kauai Realtor or Kauai Home Inspector.

 

There is a happy ending to this story. Hurricane Lane barely breathed on Kauai. We are blessed to live in such a wonderful island with wonderful people. Stay Safe.

 

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CLMHS CRS GRI Realtor/Broker/Owner Kauai Dreams Realty 

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William Feela
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You guys dodged a bullet this time.   Should make a few people think.

Aug 25, 2018 03:28 PM #1
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Joan Cox
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Julie, so glad you did not see a direct hit, nor damage from this hurricane.

Aug 26, 2018 04:11 AM #2
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Gabe Sanders
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Hi Julie.  I'm happy to read that you were spared the wrath of Hurricane Lane.  I'm also a bit concerned about the link between real estate and serial killers.

Aug 26, 2018 06:28 AM #3
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Julie A. Black - I have been to Kauai a couple of times and stayed at the Marriott.  10 years after the 1992 hurricane hit there was still visible signs of the destruction. 

Because Florence has dominated the news, they have not even talked about the hurricane in the Pacific. I hope that means everything is OK.

Sep 14, 2018 05:54 AM #4
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Julie A. Black - I'm also glad you were hit by hurricane forces. I've only stayed in Hawaii a couple of days and always hoped to come back. Hawaii is paradise and it would be awful to have destruction there.

Oct 17, 2018 08:01 PM #5
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Interesting how the bok gave you the real estate references, glad the hurrican did notaffect your life too much when it hit, and I lkike you will always include books in my preparations.

Jan 07, 2019 06:28 AM #6
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Oh, I am the same way - camping or disaster preparation, I must have my books to get me through, Julie! 

Happy to hear that the hurricane barely breathed upon you too!

Feb 25, 2019 11:33 AM #7
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